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Former Popeye's manager guilty of arson, theft

January 11, 2018--8:39 a.m.

Staff reports

A former manager at the West Rome Popeye’s in West Rome is found guilty in connection with a fire that closed the restaurant more than two years ago.

Kelvin Marquez Thomas was convicted on charges of 2nd-degree arson, theft by taking, and 2nd-degree criminal damage to property.

He was sentenced to eight years to serve in prison.

The fast-food restaurant on Shorter Avenue was extensively damaged by fire on September 2 of 2016.

It was later discovered that two money bags were missing.

Thomas, who was arrested in December of 2016, was accused of starting the fire and taking more than $1,500 from the business, which never reopened.